The Higher Education Alliance (HEA) of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the Global Partnerships Forum collaborated with Wilkes University in organizing a virtual presentation by Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD- New York Office). Dr. Carpentier’s presentation took place on Thursday, May 3, 2021.
Dr. Carpentier’s presentation focused on the importance of investing in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. This is especially important because of the economic havoc which has resulted from the COVID pandemic. The pandemic has caused millions of deaths and has cost trillions of dollars to the global economy. UNCTAD has now focused on convincing wealthy countries of the importance of investing in women, who as a group, have been disproportionally impacted by the pandemic; supporting the ascension of developing countries to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and committing 10% of the global GDP to developing countries. An immediate concern of UNCTAD is to close the “COVAX Gap.” This is the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for all countries, especially in the developing world, to have access to COVID vaccines.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Carpentier served as Head, Environment, Economy and Trade Division of the North American Free Trade Agreement Commission for Environmental Cooperation (2000-2007) and had policy positions in organizations focused on food security. Dr. Carpentier obtained her PhD. in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and both her MSc and BSc in Agriculture Economics from McGill University.
The Higher Education Alliance (HEA) is a program jointly operated by the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the Global Partnerships Forum. Its mission is to bring U.N. and international-focused programs to campuses throughout the United States.